Olympic Football 2012 Review

This summer’s Olympic football tournament ended in a familiarly disappointing way for English/British supporters as Stuart Pearce’s Team GB side went crashing out in the quarter-finals after losing a penalty shoot-out to South Korea.

The squad that Pearce had at his disposal was certainly not the cream of British footballing talent; proving that Olympic football is not taken seriously by top flight professionals, as the priority for most European International players was the Euro 2012 tournament in Poland and Ukraine. read more »

London 2012 Paralympics set to get under way tomorrow

London 2012 mania has hardly even begun to subside and its nearly time for our second dose of Team GB fever. The Paralympic Games start tomorrow with the opening ceremony and are set to become the biggest and best Paralympic event of all time.

Many commentators were, prompted by the return of the Premier League betting that the London 2012 spirit would have dissipated considerably by the time the Paralympics rolled around and that the world’s sporting attention would be elsewhere.

But that doesn’t appear to be the case, at least not if ticket sales are anything to go by. The London 2012 games are set to become the first sold-out event in the 52-year history of Paralympic Games. read more »

The only thing more certain than a Ben Ainslie gold medal at London 2012 was the safe bet for free rein being given to the media to criticise of our ‘overpaid footballers’ in the wake of some impressive and exemplary British performances. As the post Olympic fallout leads to much finger-pointing towards some of the UK’s wealthier sportsmen, football fan Brendan King offers his input on the accusations being levelled at Premier League stars.

Like many football supporters, I found myself not hugely enamoured with the prospect of the Olympics, but willing to give it a go due to the fact that it was two solid weeks of sport. Like many people, I also found myself caught up in the emotion of the whole event, sharing the feelings of pride and self-congratulations with, seemingly, a whole nation. And like many people I am now an Olympics convert, having found many new sports in which I can become an armchair expert every four years.

Unlike many people however, the euphoria of this has been replaced with a distinctly nasty taste, as the public, the media and football chiefs and officials are using the Olympics in order to compare football in a negative light. I have read countless articles in various publications, and seen quotes from the likes of England manager Roy Hodgson and Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore taking swipes at the footballers, clubs and fans that dominate the sports world in this country. read more »

Athletes in the casino

There is something about professional sports and athletics that most people in the public just cannot understand. Most of us will never know what it’s like to develop that strong competitive edge needed to succeed in the world of professional sports, the adrenaline rush of taking what could be a winning shot and hearing thousands of fans call out your name.

We get excited just watching – imagine what the athletes themselves are feeling, and imagine how much they crave that feeling once it’s gone: hence the slightly unfortunate tendency for professional athletes to turn to the casinos and often to gamble away the fortunes made by those glorious moments. read more »